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SIT questions ACP Padwal
November 10, 2003 18:59 IST
Last Updated: November 10, 2003 21:11 IST
The Special Investigating Team probing the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam questioned Assistant Commissioner of Police Ramakant Padwal and Senior Inspector Anil Deshmukh on Monday on their alleged role in shielding prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi.
Padwal was summoned to the SIT office in south Mumbai and grilled for over one-and-a-half hours, SIT sources said.
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Padwal and Deshmukh's questioning came a day after Mumbai Police Commissioner R S Sharma was questioned.
Sharma was questioned for two days in succession.
Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) Sridhar Wagal was arrested last Friday for his alleged role in shielding Telgi.
Wagal was then the joint commissioner of police (crime) and Padwal was under his command.
Investigators believe that Wagal and Padwal allowed Telgi to stay at his Cuffe Parade apartment when he should have been in a police lock-up.
He was taken to Hyderabad, Goa and Bangalore on business trips using government funds while he was in custody.
Inspector Anil Deshmukh is attached to the Narpule police station in Bhiwandi town of nearby Thane district. He was
understood to have been questioned in connection with the seizure of fake stamp papers worth Rs 850 crore in Bhiwandi on January 16.
According to SIT sources, the seizure was 'stage-managed' and it was done allegedly at the instance of Telgi. The panchnama showed that the seizure was made on a tip-off given by a Telgi aide.